Gadget name: OXO Good Grips 16‑Inch Locking Tongs
It looks like: A giant bug’s pincers, or oversized tweezers.
How it’s supposed to work: To the uninitiated, all grill tongs look the same. But small design nuances have a huge impact on how well tongs work. Since the tool acts as an extension of our arms and hands, a great pair should work nearly as naturally.
How we tested it: On the grill. First we arranged a chimney full of hot coals into a banked fire, then handled slim, fragile asparagus spears and unwieldy ears of corn, and finally flipped a whole chicken and a floppy rack of ribs.
How it actually works: The pincers picked up single asparagus spears with precision, as well as multiple spears in one swoop. They cupped corn firmly, and didn’t damage tender rib meat.
My favorite part: The perfect length of these tongs! With a tool longer than 16 inches we had to work to lever heavy foods or contort our arms to stand close enough to work over the grill. Any shorter and we risked getting scorched. Also, there’s a super-cool knob on the end of the handle, which locks the tongs closed when you pull it for storing them, or to make them easier to carry. When you push the knob in (you can just pop it down on one hip, like a gunslinger), it pops the tongs open, ready to use.
Best for: Handling anything (from delicate vegetables to big pieces of meat) we placed on the grill.
Overall: These hit the spot: flipping, gripping, and pincing their way to the top of our heap.